... on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
The first J.J. Abrams film not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams in a new Star Wars film than his own.
In summer 2013, it was revealed both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had begun a vigorous regimen of diet, exercise and stunt training to prepare for their roles of Leia and Luke, respectively.
While filming in summer 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon.
After publicly declining to direct a new Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams was visited at his Bad Robot office by Kathleen Kennedy. Their negotiations lasted over a month, during which time, Abrams' central concern was the vast magnitude and cultural significance of the project.
Michael Arndt penned the script for this film based on an outline by George Lucas for his abandoned sequel trilogy to the original Star Wars saga. Though few details of this outline have been made public, author Dave Pollack confirmed that the story would focus on the building of the New Republic after the fall of the Empire, that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would all appear, and that the children of Luke, Leia and Han would serve as the main characters of the story. However, Arndt's script was ultimately rejected and a new script penned by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
After he was cast, Oscar Isaac revealed to director J.J. Abrams that his uncle is a huge Star Wars fan. As a result, arrangements for Isaac's uncle to visit the film set were made. To the great surprise of both Isaac and his uncle, Abrams then asked if he would be interested in appearing in the film as an extra. Isaac's uncle quickly agreed.
Directors discussed to helm the film included Matthew Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, Joss Whedon, Brad Bird, Rian Johnson and James Cameron, before J.J. Abrams was eventually selected. Johnson was later announced to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017) and write a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
Like the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, director J.J. Abrams has worked with Harrison Ford before. Ford appeared in Regarding Henry (1991), which was written by Abrams, who also appears briefly in the film as a delivery boy. Ford also acted in the second feature film by George Lucas, American Graffiti (1973).
Gary Oldman auditioned for the role that went to Max von Sydow.
This is not Simon Pegg first role in the Star Wars universe. He previously worked on Clone Wars as Dengar, one the bounty hunters seen in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). While J.J. Abrams left the Star Trek films to direct this picture, Pegg not only appears in both, but is writing the script for Star Trek Beyond (2016).
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